Jun 30 2014

7 things I learned about El Salvador

Sponsored children in Guatemala.

Sponsored children have fun on a swing set at their school playground in El Salvador.

On Unbound’s first blogger trip, our social media coordinator, Victoria Brown, not only met with sponsored families but was also immersed in the Salvadoran culture. Read more to find out some of the things Victoria learned on her visit.

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May 12 2014

Unbound blogger trip 2014: El Salvador or bust!

2014 blogger trip to El Salvador
Follow us on our first blogger trip to El Salvador!

Beginning June 1, four bloggers and two journalists will be visiting our project in El Salvador to share stories, photos and videos from the field.

You’ll see content from our travelers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as featured stories on their blogs and ours.

Click here to find more about each blogger!

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Apr 30 2014

A family transformed: A sponsor’s awareness trip reflection

Amy and Ben Luebbering stand with their sponsored friend Lucia from India.

Amy and Ben Luebbering stand with their sponsored friend Lucia from India.

Amy Luebbering and her husband, Ben, have been sponsors for six years. They recently got the chance to participate in an Unbound Awareness Trip to India and shared their experience with us.

Our awareness trip to India was the most memorable, amazing time we have ever spent. The beautiful faces of those happy children, their joyful singing and dancing, their eagerness to meet us, to touch us, to have their picture taken with us, all these things filled us with joy.

Though we weren’t “their” sponsors, we represented all sponsors, and they loved us as though we had been writing them letters for years.

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Apr 2 2014

Mother-and-son duo create business selling traditional Salvadoran food

Carlos and his mother, Wendy, make enchiladas to sell.

Carlos and his mother, Wendy, make enchiladas to sell.

By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor

Poverty creates challenges that can thrust adult worries and responsibilities on children. That’s certainly true for sponsored child Carlos from El Salvador.

At just 11 years old, Carlos takes his role as the oldest child and older brother seriously, especially since his father left shortly after his younger brother, Byron, was born.

Carlos experienced the joy of becoming a big brother when his mom, Wendy, gave birth to Byron in 2008. Unfortunately, Byron was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which meant he would need special care and medical treatment.

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Mar 31 2014

Scholarship helps a mother achieve her dreams

Maria stands proud with her eighth-grade students.

Maria stands proud with her eighth-grade students.

Sometimes the best gift someone can receive is encouragement. That’s exactly what Maria, a 34-year-old mother of three from the Dominican Republic, received from her friends and loved ones.

As a volunteer at the local Unbound office, Maria received lots of encouragement, and eventually a scholarship, from the community there when she made her decision to finish high school and pursue a teaching degree.

One of her biggest supporters was her father-in-law, who told her, “Do not give up.”

Read more about Maria’s journey here.

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